Archive for April, 2012
A couple weeks ago, I finally caved and picked up my first BB, or Blemish Balm, cream. For those of you who are not familiar with BB creams, they are basically your “all-in-one” makeup product for your face. Most BB creams advertise as having healing properties and are pretty much your moisturizer, primer, sunblock, and foundation, but more on that later. BB creams have been popular in Asia and have just recently made their debut here in the States.
What I love about BB creams is that they are very…efficient. I really can’t think of another word that can describe it any better. There’s a high SPF in most of them so I know that my face is protected from the sun and it’s also a tinted moisturizer for the days where I just want light coverage. The Too Faced BB cream in particular says that it has a broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen in it. This means that it protects against UVA and UVB rays which is important since skin cancer is becoming more and more prevalent these days. BB creams provide light coverage which can be a problem for you ladies who like a more full coverage foundation, but if you really want to use a BB cream, I would suggest using it as more of a moisturizer and primer and putting your normal foundation on top of it. One thing that I am totally amazing by this BB cream is that it’s actually fading some of my scars away. I had an unfortunate break out a few weeks ago which left a few marks around my temples (I know, I know, never pick your blemishes but old habits die hard!) and I have been using concealer practically every day to hide the dark marks. After using Too Faced’s BB cream though, I noticed after a few weeks that the scars started to look way way lighter. Of course, they’re still there, but they’re a lot lighter than they were and it usually takes a while for scars to fade on me. I think this has to do with the skin brightening properties that a lot of BB creams advertise having. I thought it was a total lie made for marketing purposes but holy cow it actually worked! I really love how this feels on my skin and it sinks into my skin really fast so I avoid that awkward oily feeling I sometimes get from other moisturizers. It makes me skin look nice and dewey too which is perfect for the warm months.
One thing I do wish was different with this BB cream and most BB creams in general, is the skin tone range that is offered. Most BB creams are very very light, and people with darker skin tones may have trouble finding one that will match their skin. Too Faced offers four different shades: Vanilla Glow, Creme Glow, Nude Glow, and Beach Glow. I am somewhere between the third and fourth shade (for reference I fluctuate between NC37-NC40 at MAC). I’ve been using the fourth shade only though since summer is coming up and I’m almost certain I’m going to get a tan. If you find that BB creams are too light for you, I would suggest just applying a very sheer layer of it and then putting powder foundation in your shade on top of it to set it. This seems to have worked for most people.
I think I might start a series of reviews just on all the new BB creams that have been coming out–let me know if you guys are interested in that!
Oh, oh! I almost forgot. I picked mine up at Sephora for $32.00. I know, it’s a little pricey, but I really don’t use much product so I think it should last me anywhere from six to nine months.
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In celebration of Earth Day, Sephora is hosting an Origins trade-in event! For today only, bring in an empty cosmetics container to any of Sephora’s store so that it can be recycled and in return, they will give you either a full sized Origins Starting Over moisturizer or A Perfect World moisturizer. I’ve used A Perfect World moisturizer before and it’s amazing! I have used it before applying my makeup in the morning and it really smoothed out my skin and kept it hydrated throughout the day.
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It’s Chic Week at Sephora! Up until April 5th, Sephora is offering 15% off online and in stores. It’s the perfect time to stock up on products for the new season! You have to be a Beauty Insider for this discount but don’t worry, it’s free. You can sign up online here and shop away. I am definitely thinking of picking up some stuff…it’s just trying to figure out what I actually need that’s the problem since 15% off is pretty good considering the makeup at Sephora is never on sale.
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